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Party Wall (WikiPedia)

A party wall (occasionally parti-wall or parting wall, also known as common wall or as a demising wall) is a dividing partition between two adjoining buildings that is shared by the occupants of each residence or business. Typically, the builder lays the wall along a property line dividing two terraced houses, so that one half of the wall’s thickness lies on each side. This type of wall is usually structural. Party walls can also be formed by two abutting walls built at different times. The term can be also used to describe a division between separate units within a multi-unit apartment complex. Very often the wall in this case is non-structural but designed to meet established criteria for sound and/or fire protection, i.e. a firewall.

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The Party Wall Act 1996

as it effects the garden

At first sight, it is simple to believe that the 1996 Party Wall Act does not affect garden building, however it does impact the construction of boundary walls even if not part of buildings and can likewise applies to deep excavations.

The Party Wall Act 1996 entered into force in 1997, so it is now law and gives you rights and responsibilities whichever the side of the ‘wall’ you are on i.e. whether you are planning/doing deal with a pertinent structure or if your neighbour is.

The Party Wall Act does not apply to limit fences.

The Party Wall Act does not affect any requirement for Planning Permission for any work carried out. Similarly, having Planning Authorization does not negate the requirements under the Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act enters impact if somebody is preparing to do work on an appropriate structure, for the purposes of the Act ‘party wall’ does not simply imply the wall between two semi-detached residential or commercial properties, as far as garden enthusiasts are concerned it covers:

For information of how the Party Wall Act affects building work in general, have a look at this page.

Similar to all work affecting neighbours, it is constantly much better to reach a friendly agreement rather than resort to any law. Even where the work needs a notice to be served, it is better to informally discuss the desired work, consider the neighbours remarks, and change your plans (if appropriate) before serving the notice.

What garden work needs a notification and permission.

The basic principle of the Party Wall Act is that all work which might have an impact upon the structural strength or support function of the party wall or might trigger damage to the neighbouring side of the wall should be notified. If in doubt, guidance ought to be sought from a regional Building Control Office or expert surveyor/architect.

Work in the garden covered by the Party Wall Act consist of:

Boundary walls

If the planned work on a limit wall falls under the Party Wall Act, a notice must be released to all impacted neighbouring parties. The notice should include (see sample letters in Part 5 of the Party Wall leaflet):.

If the prepared work is a new limit wall up to or astride the boundary line the procedure of serving a notice under the Party Wall Act is as follows:.

See listed below regarding what takes place in case of a dispute/objection.

Excavations.

If the prepared work is an excavation within the distance/depth covered by the Party Wall Act, the notification needs to be served at least one month prior to the planned start day of the work. Neighbouring celebrations must offer written contract within 2 week or a conflict is considered to have actually occurred.

See below concerning what occurs in case of a dispute/objection.

What takes place if a dispute emerges.

If arrangement can not be reached in between neighbouring celebrations, the procedure is as follows:.

When you have agreement.

Once you have contract, all work must comply with the notification. All the agreements need to be maintained to ensure that a record of the granted permission is kept; a subsequent buyer of the home might want to establish that the work was performed in accordance with the Party Wall Act requirements.

Keep in mind:

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